STAR VALLEY, WYO – It may have been simply oversight, but Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking any information regarding a doe mule deer that was illegally shot with archery equipment south of Afton this past weekend.
The deer was discovered on Sunday, September 2, about a mile west on the Fish Creek Road just north of Salt River Pass. It is believed the deer was likely killed on Saturday, September 1st.
Meat from the hindquarters and backstraps was all that was retrieved. It is a violation to not also harvest the tenderloins and front shoulder meat. While the deer season opened for archery hunting on September 1 in this area, antlerless deer can be taken only by youth hunters age 12-17 years old.
Warden James Hobbs says he is fairly certain his department is looking at a poaching case. First off, the manner in which the animal was quartered indicated to him whoever harvested the doe was not planning on returning. Indeed, after staking out the site the following day, no one had come back and the carcass had been ravaged by scavengers.
Secondly, it might be a gut thing, but Hobbs says he’s been doing this a long time and does not feel whoever took the deer was between the ages of 12 and 17. The location and other indications lead him to believe this was someone looking to take advantage of the fact the season was technically open, albeit for youth only.
Anyone with possible information regarding this incident, or who was in the area and may have noted suspicious vehicles or activities, is encouraged to call Afton Game Warden, James Hobbs at 307-885-3717 or the Jackson Game and Fish office at 1-800-423-4113 or the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847).
Callers may remain anonymous and any information leading to an arrest and conviction may result in a reward of up to $5,000.00. Warden Hobbs urges the public to come forward with any relevant information about this mule deer poaching incident.